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From the Belfry – Our tribute to Prince Philip (Saturday, 10th April, 2021)

About 12 noon on Friday 9th April, the sad news was announced that Prince Philip had died. The national community of bell-ringers agreed that we should ring a single bell at 12 noon the next day. It was agreed that Leigh should join this national event.
It is traditional to ring the Tenor bell with one strike for each year of life. For Prince Philip, that is difficult to do by chiming the bell. Therefore, we were given the option to raise the bell and ring it in the English way but half muffled, 99 whole pulls (hand-stroke and back-stroke).
Shortly before midday, Helen and I fitted the muffle and raised the Tenor bell. At 12 noon precisely, the ringing started with Helen counting most carefully. Following tradition, I rang slowly, with the last 5 whole pulls slightly slower to indicate his “retirement” years. It took 11 minutes 34 seconds to complete.
We thank Adria for announcing our tribute on the Leigh web site and sending out a news flash – it was just in time for several people to join our tribute by coming to listen. We greatly appreciate their support. We also thank John Squirrell (Reigate bell-ringer) for recording the tribute – he has sent me the last part with his spoken note (2 min file) and confirmed his agreement that we shall send it to the Leigh web site.

For a list of all the bell ringing tributes to Prince Philip click here
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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Leigh Parish Council is very sad to hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. We send our deepest sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.

We will always remember the lifetime of service that His Royal Highness devoted to Her Majesty, our Nation and the Commonwealth.

Residents and members of the community are able to sign an e-book of condolence which is available at www.royal.uk.

2021 Election Mole Valley District Council

2021 Elections

Mole Valley will be holding three elections on Thursday 6 May 2021:

  • Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Election
  • County Council Elections
  • District Council Elections

Voting and Covid-19 Safety Measures

Polling stations will look a little different this year as a range of measures are being put in place to help keep us all safe. These include:

  • Hand sanitising stations. You will be required to use hand sanitiser as you enter the polling station.
  • You must wear a face covering (unless you are subject to an exemption).
  • Some Polling stations will be operating one way systems where possible.
  • Signage and 2-metre markings will direct you to follow a one-way system (where possible) to the ballot paper issuing desk and beyond.
  • Polling stations will be adequately staffed. All staff will be wearing masks and visors, and they will be on duty to assist you and ensure that contact surfaces are regularly cleaned throughout the day.
  • We would recommend that you bring your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot paper.
  • We ask that you take your poll card (and any disposable mask/rubbish) home with you to dispose safely and securely.
  • Social distancing requirements will mean that the capacity for each polling station will be reduced, so we would advise that you are prepared to queue outside whilst you wait to vote. Please make sure you come prepared for any adverse weather whilst you wait! Try to avoid peak times if you can, like lunchtime and after the school run.

If you do not wish to vote at a polling station in May, you can vote by post or by proxy. Information about, and the deadlines for submitting an application to vote by post or proxy, may be found at the bottom of this page.

https://www.molevalley.gov.uk/2021elections

Census 2021

All households in Surrey will have received a letter in the post from Census 2021. The access code on the letter is unique to your household and it’s really simple to fill it in online, which is quicker, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. If you’ve lost the letter then go to www.census.gov.uk to get another. However, that’s not for everybody and the letter also told you how to get a paper form, and how to access help if you need it. If you need a form then you can just ring 0800 141 2021. We’re also encouraging people to get help from friends and family to complete their census if they need to. If you or they need more information about that it can be found on the website or again on the freephone number. 

You may have already seen the distinctively dressed census staff, with their i/d cards, on the streets. If not, they are raring to go. They’ll be visiting households from which we’ve not received a completed census form. They’ll encourage people to fill in the census and help them to access further help if they need it. They won’t need to visit houses if the census has already been filled in, so we are encouraging everybody to do so as soon as possible – you can fill it in now if you know who is going to be at home on Census Day (21 March). 

In organising the teams, our main concern is the safety of the public and our staff. We want everyone to be safely counted during the census. To do this, we’re making sure that our plans are always in line with the latest government safety guidelines. As you can imagine, that means that they have been under constant review and been regularly tweaked. Our field officers will be working in the same way as a postal or food delivery visit. They will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment and will never need to enter your house. 

At the end of last year, some people asked me whether the census would go ahead and why now? We are all geared up and, equally importantly, the information it provides is incredibly important. The Office for National Statistics has used past census information to help us understand how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected people in different ways and respond accordingly. Census 2021 will give us fresh information to improve our understanding of the pandemic. Although the questions in the census have not been changed, the guidance about how to complete them in the light of the circumstances of how we are living and working through it has been updated. The results will help to make sure that the services you use meet the needs of our changing society. This could include hospitals, schools, universities and transport. 

First results will be available within 12 months, although personal records, including anything that could be used to identify people, will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations, and nobody has access to it. 

The concept of a census has been around for millenia. The first known censuses were taken by the Babylonians nearly 6,000 years ago when they recorded details of population, livestock and the quantities of butter, milk, honey, wool and vegetables. In 2,500BC, the Egyptians conducted a census to assess the labour force available to plan and build the pyramids. And the Romans carried out a census every 5 years which required each man to

return to his place of origin to be registered – such a census decree by Caesar Augustus took Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem. 

In England, William the Conqueror conducted the first census which history records as the Domesday Book of 1086. The next official census of England and Wales was not until 1801 when it was carried out partly to ascertain the number of men able to fight in the Napoleonic Wars. The average population growth every 10 years between then and 1911 was 13.6% between then but after the loss of life during the war and the Spanish flu which followed it – that other devastating pandemic just over 100 years ago – the increase in the population decade on decade was in single figures for the first time, just 5%. It was also the only time in the history of the census that a question was asked about orphans. 

Incidentally, for those who are keen on researching family history, that means that the 1921 Census returns, taken not long after the end of the First World War, will be soon be available – from 1 January 2022, in fact. Those 1921 census details are particularly important because they will be the last ones published until 2051! All the records for the 1931 census for England and Wales were destroyed by fire in December 1942, during the Second World War, while in store at the Office of Works in Hayes in an event that was not attributed to enemy action. There was 24 hour security which included fire-watching but there was talk at the time of an unextinguished cigarette end… There was no census taken in 1941 due to the Second World War; however, the register taken as a result of the National Registration Act 1939, which was released into the public domain on a subscription basis in 2015 with some redactions, captures many of the same details as the census and has also assumed greater significance following the destruction of the 1931 census. 

The 1911 census was the first to use punch cards with mechanised sorting and counting machines; and in 1961, electronic computers were used to process the data – although the production of statistics from these computers took 5 ½ years! The Census Act of 1920 made completion of the census compulsory and this legislation is still in force today. 

Over the years, the structure and questions in the census have evolved to reflect the changing nature of society. The 1871 census added the categories of “lunatic” and “imbecile” to the “list of the infirm” and 1911 included questions about marriage and fertility. Before the 1951 census, women were asked to be more honest about their age although many women felt that questions relating to their age were too personal. From 1951 until 1991, households were asked if they had an outside toilet and the reference to “housewife” in the 1971 and 1981 censuses was replaced by “looking after home or family” in the 1990s. 

A question about income was tested in 1968/9 but not included in the 1971 census as the tests showed that the accuracy of responses was questionable and this question could lead to a fall in response rates. There is still no income question in the census questionnaire. 1991 also saw the introduction of questions about ethnicity. For the first time since 1851, information about religious belief was collected in 2001 

For more information, visit census.gov.uk.

Covid-19 national lockdown update

Unfortunately we still find our lives disrupted by Covid-19. The national lockdown is essential to help fight this virus.

Should you need any help please be reassured that the Leigh Community group is still very much willing and able to help. You are not alone. If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19, just call them and they will do their best to help you (for free). They can arrange help with:

  • Picking up shopping
  • Collecting prescriptions
  • A friendly phone call
  • Posting Mail
  • Urgent supplies

BEN CAMBRA – (01306) 611214

JO WILKINSON – (01306) 611286

OR EMAIL ON leighcommunityaction@gmail.com

Mole Valley to Enter Tier Two Restrictions on 2 December 2020

It’s been confirmed today that Mole Valley together with the rest of Surrey will enter Tier Two restrictions when the national lockdown is lifted on 2 December.

Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council, said: “The government has confirmed that when the national lockdown ends on 2 December, Mole Valley will move into Tier Two.

This is the High Alert. Whilst everyone in Mole Valley have played their part and we had hoped to be a Tier 1 area, we have joined many areas across the country in the mid-tier. This new tier system has been strengthened in comparison to the previous occasion we were in local lockdown. This has been done to prevent a return to growing infections.

“We must remain vigilant. This tier has strict rules and we must follow them. The advice of ‘Hands, Face, Space remains. If the infection rate in the district rises, we could be moved up to the next tier and risk the rules imposed on us tightening. If you travel to a Tier 1 area, you will still need to follow the tier rules for Tier 2 while you are there. Everyone has been advised not to travel to a Tier 3 area wherever possible.

“We must all keep doing what have now become the ‘basics’ in these extraordinary times, including wearing a face covering in most indoor public spaces (except where exemptions apply), maintain social distancing wherever appropriate and working from home where it is practical to do so. The new rules state that we must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or in your support bubble indoors, and socialising in a group of more than six people anywhere outside is not allowed.

“It was confirmed on Monday this week that, across the country, many local businesses could reopen in a COVID-secure manner from 2 December. As a Tier 2 area, restaurants can reopen to provide table service, but pubs and bars can only open if operating as a restaurant. Dorking Halls, alongside other theatres in Mole Valley, is able to reopen, and can stay open beyond 11pm to conclude performances that have started beyond 10pm. Of real significance is the news that attending outdoor and indoor events, including spectator sports and business events, is once again allowed, though restrictions on numbers do apply.

“You can also once again enjoy the facilities at the Dorking Sports Centre and Leatherhead Leisure Centre as these facilities can reopen the doors too. Community Recycling Centres will be remaining open and you can once again attend places of worship for communal prayer. The complete breakdown of the Tier Two local restrictions can be read on the GOV.UK website.

“The government have also now announced rules for those who make the personal choice to spend their Christmas with friends and family from other households. Between the 23 and 27 December, up to three households can form a ‘bubble’ to meet at home during this five day period. If you do choose to see others at this time, please do so responsibly and follow the guidance in place. Further guidance is available”.

 

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Toilet and tea point at St Bartholomew’s (Leigh) Church

Unanimous approval was given for the planning application at the Mole Valley Planning committee on 4th November 2020.  The application is also supported by Heritage England, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and the Victorian Society, as well as the experts on the Diocesan Advisory Committee.

The PCC has now applied for a Faculty (like ecclesiastical planning permission) to build a toilet and tea point inside the church. The notice giving more information about the works, and where plans and drawings and other supporting papers can be inspected, is posted outside the church.  The deadline for registering any objections is 16th December 2020, and the notice explains how this can be done.

As the church is now closed because of lockdown measures, the notice can also be viewed here:  St Bartholomew’s Notice.

The planning application can be viewed on the link below.

Planning Ref: MO/2020/1033

 

COVID-19 Leigh Community Support Group

Unfortunately, we are still living in a world impacted by Covid-19. Residents who may once again need a little help are encouraged to get in contact with the Covid-19 support group in the village. These volunteers provide an invaluable service to those residents needing reassurance and help accessing essentials. They are still there for you should you need them again. The details remain the same as before:

LEIGH COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP

If you are self-isolating or struggling due to COVID-19, we can arrange help with:

  • Picking up shopping
  • Collecting prescriptions
  • A friendly phone call
  • Posting Mail
  • Urgent supplies

BEN CAMBRA – (01306) 611214

JO WILKINSON – (01306) 611286

OR EMAIL ON leighcommunityaction@gmail.com

Leigh Magazine Club……New Management required urgently

After running the club for more than thirty years Jane now feels it is time to retire. The club itself has been going much longer. It is thought that it began by people sharing magazines. No-one is quite sure!

This is a very friendly group of people, aged around sixty plus-ish!.

We have meetings in the village hall during the winter months. Two a month, the first of which is with a speaker or entertainer and the second, two weeks, later is Bingo. We always have tea and biscuits, a raffle and bring-and-buy stall. And lots of laughs!  In the summer we have several coach outings.

If you feel that you could get involved with the club and run it you would be very welcome. It would be a great shame if the club were to disappear after so many years.

Please contact Jane Sturt  01306 632822 if you feel that you can help.

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